Rotis in loos, bed on floor: Shocked HC tells babus ‘send your kids to jail to see how bad it is’ | Dehradun News

Nainital: When the Uttarakhand Supreme Court heard a number of PILs regarding the installation of CCTV cameras and other facilities in prisons across the state, it attracted Interior Minister Ranjit Sinha and Director General (Prison) Pushkar Jyoti about the condition of the prisons and said senior officials will realize how bad it is in prisons “if their children only have to stay there for a day”.
The HC had previously instructed the two officers to take stock of the facilities in the prisons and to submit a report with photos. An affidavit presented by them on Thursday fell “far below the court’s expectations”.
In fact, the affidavit made some shocking revelations about overcrowded prisons without adequate facilities. In Haridwar Prison, for example, with a capacity of 870 prisoners, 1400 were housed there. There was only one barrack for 65 female prisoners. And there was no doctor on duty.
It was even worse in Roorkee, where 625 inmates were crammed into one place for 200. In Haldwani there were 1,736 prisoners instead of 535. Since no suitable utensils were available, rotis were prepared here on the floor.
In Nainital prison, inmates had to sleep on the floor, while in Chamoli 114 inmates slept under tin sheds. The situation in Dehradun prison was no different.
The court found it difficult to speak, particularly regarding the situation in Lohaghat prison. The inmates here were stuffed like animals in the barracks and their meals were prepared in the bathroom. “We are in the 21st century,” noted the court.
The department bank, headed by Presiding Judge RS Chauhan and Judge NS Dhanik, then ordered the two officers to set up a committee to monitor the facilities in the prisons. The court said the committee is required to produce a report every month.
The HC has also set some important guidelines for the state. There should be the construction of new prisons and open prisons, a budget for repairs, factories to employ prisoners, schooling for young people, adequate staff, the recruitment of permanent medical staff, hygienic kitchens and proper toilets. In its ruling, the court said those involved in petty crime can be released on parole.


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